About Born at the Right Time
Born at the Right Time was launched in 2015 after the publication of The Skies I’m Under. We work towards #bridgingthegap through a passion for communication, co-production, community and facing life’s challenges.
Communication and Co-production
We aim to bridge the gap between principles and practice, policy and provision. We are dedicated to effective communication founded on mutual respect, understanding and kindness. We want to bridge the gap between political rhetoric and the reality for families of children with complex needs. When we are #BridgingtheGap between professionals and parents, isolation is reduced, engagement increased and outcomes improved.
Born at the Right Time wants to bring people together as we pursue bridging the gap between families and the whole community. We are particularly passionate about developing community based on value not pity. Where every person is recognised for their inherent worth as a created being with purpose and love. We celebrate interdependence above independence.
Through authenticity and vulnerability Born at the Right Time is bridging the gap between faith, values and reality. We see the importance of presenting our true selves whilst recognising we are all shattered, disabled and entirely whole. We believe holding seemingly opposing emotions creates the priceless mosaic of life.
Passionate about postural Care
Whether it is the early years of a child with unfolding complex needs, or the final years of an older person’s life, good postural care protects body shape, ensures safety and reduces pain. Understanding the principles of good postural care equips families and carers to provide excellent standards of care for those with limited movement and at risk of body shape changes.
Rachel is a qualified nurse and unqualified mum of 3, parenting a son with complex disabilities and life-limiting epilepsy. She’s an award winning blogger and the author of two books The Skies I’m Under and Shattered: God’s view through life’s broken windows.
Since founding Born at the Right Time in 2015, Rachel has tried to be funny whilst speaking about important things in places such as parliament, nation and international conferences, local and national radio and digital TV about parenting a child with complex needs and disability rights. An expert through lived experience, Rachel works towards bridging the gap between families of children with complex conditions and the practitioners who support them.
To balance out her infatuation for salt ‘n vinegar crisps and hummus, Rachel regularly puts on trainers and goes for a run. Her middle son is writing a book titled, ‘My mum’s epic fails’. It is likely to have more than one volume.
Shattered is written by Rachel and her husband, Tim.
Tim, has many friends who are trees, although he talks to real people too.
He is a thinker, worker, drummer, husband, part-time GP and full-time dad to our three boys. He tends to stop to look closely at small things on his way, despite being pathologically averse to arriving late. He loves peanut butter and liquorice but not necessarily at the same time.
Tim feels most at home and closest to God when managing a small woodland in Kent.
Rebekah McKinley, Executive Assistant
Rebekah joined Born at the Right Time 2020. Prior to this, having graduated from Keele University with a master’s degree in Law, she began a career in local government administration, dabbled in property management and more recently spent time looking after 3 children, a dog and a husband.
Rebekah enjoys running (sometimes with Rachel if she can keep up…), swimming and sewing. ‘Made by Rebekah, Sewn with love’ creations available on request!